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Jeffries announces scholarship in memory of his mother, Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson was a woman like so many—a mother, a wife, a leader, and a blessing to our world.  But also like too many women, she was a victim of domestic violence, and was killed by her husband after she sought to flee from his abuse.  Her spirit lives on through her children, Shavar and Shaina, and through a legacy of love and service that she imparted to any who met her.

Shavar Jeffries has established the Donna Johnson Memorial Scholarship to support the educational development of a young person who has experienced the loss of a parent, guardian, or loved one because of domestic violence, or whose life has otherwise been touched by violence against women.  As a witness to and survivor of domestic violence, Shavar was blessed with the opportunity to obtain a life-changing education, and the Donna Johnson Memorial Scholarship seeks to ensure that other young people have the same opportunity.  

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About Shavar Jeffries

shavar_jeffries.jpgA fifth generation Newarker, Shavar Jeffries was raised by his grandmother, a public school teacher, in the city's South Ward. Shavar attended public schools for most of his life until he received a scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club of Newark to attend Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey.

Since 2004, Shavar has been an associate professor... Read more

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